Daily Archives: January 4, 2020

Five military vessels stationed in Natuna Waters

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – Five Indonesian Military vessels (KRI) secure Riau Islands’ Natuna Waters over foreign ships guarded by Chinese coast guard, Tanjungpinang IV Naval Main Base Information Center (Dispen Lantamal IV) Chief, Naval Mayor Saul Jamlaay stated.

“Three KRIs have been stationed in Natuna for a few days, and today, two KRIs from Jakarta have arrived in Natuna,” he remarked in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Saturday.

He highlighted that the situation in Natuna remains conducive, and all vessels from China have been driven out of the Natuna Waters.

In addition to the military vessels, security measures were undertaken using maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

“At the moment, the condition remains conducive. However, tight security measures are still being taken on the Natuna waters,” he stated.

He further noted that the Tanjungpinang IV Naval Main Base had offered logistical aid in conducting security operations in Natuna. Ranai Naval Base was directly involved in securing the Natuna Waters.

“There are no personnel from Lantamal IV, but we help with the logistics,” he remarked.

He emphasized that the state was concerned over the issue of ships from China entering Natuna and that the Lantamal IV /Tanjungpinang had given special attention to this cause for concern since quite some time.

“We pay special attention to security in the border areas, including in Natuna,” he added.

Source: Antara News

Central Java sends aid packages to Banten, Jakarta, West Java

Semarang, C Java (ANTARA) – The Central Java provincial government shows sympathy for the victims of flash floods and landslides in Banten, Jakarta, and West Java by sending three trucks loaded with humanitarian aid packages on Friday evening.

The aid packages would be sent to each of the three provinces’ disaster mitigation agencies to be then distributed to those in need in the disaster zones, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said.

Prabowo witnessed the departure of the trucks from the yard of his office on Friday evening, saying that the first batch of this humanitarian aid was a token of brotherhood and care of the people of Central Java to those affected by the deadly catastrophe.

The humanitarian aid packages contain 33 items of such stuff as baby diapers, blankets, bottled water, school uniforms, tents, mattresses, sarongs, and mukenas (head-to-toe prayer gowns) in which each of those items consists of 2,000 pieces, he said.

“There is not much we can send but, Insya Allah (God willing), this is part of our sense of brotherhood, love, care, and solidity among members of one nation. This is also part of our habit of helping one another whenever disasters strike. We help one another,” Ganjar Pranowo said.

The Central Java provincial administration also dispatched tens of its personnel and volunteers to help their colleagues in the disaster zones in the three provinces, he added.

Regarding the deadly flash floods and landslides hitting greater Jakarta areas early this year, The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo urged central and regional governments and communities to not engage in a blame game over the catastrophe.

In its place, Soesatyo called on all related parties within the central and regional governments, whose areas were ravaged by the catastrophe over these past three days, to strengthen synergy and cooperation to prevent a relapse of a similar disaster in future.

The flash floods and landslides, ravaging certain areas in Jakarta and several districts and cities in the provinces of West Java and Banten over these past three days, have claimed at least 43 lives and affected 409 thousand others.

Most of the affected people were found in Bekasi City in West Java, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman, Agus Wibowo, noted in a press statement.

The agency recorded that the catastrophe affected 366,274 residents of Bekasi City, while 20,939 and 13,230 people respectively in Jakarta and Bogor District, West Java, bore the impacts of the floods.

The flash floods and landslides also struck the areas of Lebak District and Tangerang Selatan City in Banten Province as well as those in Bekasi District, Bogor City, Depok City, and Cikarang District in West Java Province, Wibowo remarked.

In helping social workers provide food packs for the flood survivors in Jakarta, state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) distributed 146 Bright Gas and 12-kilogram gas canisters to handle the demands of 13 public kitchens.

The company’s spokesperson, Dewi Sri Utami, had stated earlier that the gas canisters were distributed to the public kitchens on Thursday after those from PT Pertamina’s Marketing Operation Region III coordinated with the authorities of BNPB and Jakarta’s Social Affairs Office.

A total of 146 gas canisters were handed over to 13 of the 20 public kitchens that the authorities had set up around the capital city to provide food packs to the flood survivors, she remarked, adding that the gas canisters will again be distributed to those in need.

Source: Antara News

Indonesia needs ocean going vessels to secure its EEZ: Luhut

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan has proposed the purchase of ocean going vessels to strengthen Indonesia’s capability of safeguarding its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) rights from violations by foreign ships.

“I have proposed the purchase of these ocean going vessels. We have never possessed such ships since the existence of this Republic,” he told journalists following his meeting with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto who visited his office here on Friday.

Pandjaitan proposed the purchase of those ocean going ships amid the recent violations of Chinese coast guard vessels escorting tens of Chinese fishing boats to poach on Indonesia’s EEZ near the Natuna waters on Dec 19 and Dec 24, 2019.

This incident has made the Indonesian Foreign Ministry lodge a diplomatic protest by summoning China’s ambassador in Jakarta.

Pandjaitan said the government has agreed to have more patrol vessels to secure the country’s maritime boundary, and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is willing to purchase the 138 up to 140-meter-long frigates.

Regarding China’s recent violations in the Indonesian EEZ, he said the case need not be exaggerated because, in fact, Indonesia’s capability of conducting regular patrols in its EEZ remains limited.

At present, Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) was still in a process of being empowered to enable it to become a real powerful coast guard, he said, adding that intensifying patrols in Indonesia’s EEZ is needed, and the Chinese violations should be taken as a momentum for a self-reflection.

In response to China’s recent violations in the Indonesian EEZ, the University of Indonesia’s international law expert, Hikmahanto Juwana, told ANTARA that Indonesia rejects China’s claim of having traditional fishing rights on the North Natuna Sea.

According to Juwana, the Indonesian Government must have one voice in addressing this issue as represented by Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi. At the same time, the government needs also intensify regular patrols on the North Natuna Sea, and enforce law against the violations of foreign vessels.

“Our intensive patrols are also aimed at protecting our fishermen’s fishing boats from being disturbed by the Chinese coast guard vessels,” he said, adding that a negotiation with China regarding the issues of North Natuna Sea is totally unnecessary.

Over these past three years, the Chinese coast guard vessels have repeatedly violated Indonesia’s EEZ rights.

In March 2016, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi had also lodged a protest with the Chinese Charge d’affaires in Jakarta Sun Weide over Chinese coast guard violations in the Indonesian waters.

At that time, Minister Marsudi revealed that the protest note addressed to the Chinese Embassy contained at least three main points.

First, the Indonesian Government had objected to the violations committed by the Chinese coast guard against the country’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the EEZ and continental shelf.

Second, the Indonesian Government raised a protest on the violation by the Chinese coast guard against its law enforcement agencies on the EEZ and continental shelf.

Third, the Indonesian Government protested to the violation committed by the Chinese coast guard on its marine territorial sovereignty.

The minister said the Indonesian government had sought clarification from the Chinese government over the incident.

Marsudi also stressed that as part of sound state relations, each country must respect the principles of international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982.

She also emphasized that Indonesia is not a claimant state in the South China Sea and not a claimant state in the South China Sea dispute.

Source: Antara News

Flash flood claims eight lives in Lebak: BNPB

Lebak, Banten (ANTARA) – A flash flood that hit Lebak District in Banten Province on Wednesday (Jan 1) killed at least eight people, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo revealed here on Saturday.

“Eight people died, while one person went missing,” Monardo remarked after visiting the evacuation camp in Banjarsari Village, Lebak Gedong Sub-district.

According to Monardo, massive gold mines in the area of Mount Halimun Salak National Park caused the flash flood.

Torrential rains, lashing overnight since Tuesday (Dec 31, 2019) evening, triggered the Ciberang River to overflow, carrying along with it stones and mud and hit residential areas on the banks of the river.

“This is a massive disaster, only taking place after tens of years,” he added.

The flash flood has severely damaged a total of 1,060 houses in six sub-districts of Lebak Gedong, Cipanas, Curugbitung, Cimarga, Maja, and Sajira.

It also caused minor damages to 428 houses and submerged 1,226 houses.

A total of 677 displaced families were accommodated at seven evacuation posts: the PGRI Building, Sajira Sub-district; Nangela Evacuation Post, Calungbungur Village, Sajira Sub-district; and Tambak Village Evacuation Post, Cimarga Sub-district; Evacuation Post of the Cipanas District Office; Evacuation Post of Curugbitung Sub-district; and Disposal Post of the Multipurpose Building of Lebak Gedong Sub-district.

Monardo has applauded the authority’s swift response to evacuate residents affected by the floods.

The BNPB and local government will collect data of houses damaged by the flash flood.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has also pledged to provide assistance to rehabilitate the damaged houses, with some Rp50 million to be disbursed for severely damaged houses, Rp25 million for houses that suffered moderate damage, and Rp10 million for slightly damaged houses.

Monardo noted that the BNPB will not build a temporary shelter but will disburse Rp500 thousand of aid per month for each family to rent a house, while their houses are still under renovation.

“Residents affected by the flood can rent a house for six months until their houses are ready,” he remarked.

During the visit, BNPB head was accompanied by Minister of Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy and Lebak District Head Iti Octavia Jayabaya.

Source: Antara News

Flash flood claims eight lives in Lebak: BNPB

Lebak, Banten (ANTARA) – A flash flood that hit Lebak District in Banten Province on Wednesday (Jan 1) killed at least eight people, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo revealed here on Saturday.

“Eight people died, while one person went missing,” Monardo remarked after visiting the evacuation camp in Banjarsari Village, Lebak Gedong Sub-district.

According to Monardo, massive gold mines in the area of Mount Halimun Salak National Park caused the flash flood.

Torrential rains, lashing overnight since Tuesday (Dec 31, 2019) evening, triggered the Ciberang River to overflow, carrying along with it stones and mud and hit residential areas on the banks of the river.

“This is a massive disaster, only taking place after tens of years,” he added.

The flash flood has severely damaged a total of 1,060 houses in six sub-districts of Lebak Gedong, Cipanas, Curugbitung, Cimarga, Maja, and Sajira.

It also caused minor damages to 428 houses and submerged 1,226 houses.

A total of 677 displaced families were accommodated at seven evacuation posts: the PGRI Building, Sajira Sub-district; Nangela Evacuation Post, Calungbungur Village, Sajira Sub-district; and Tambak Village Evacuation Post, Cimarga Sub-district; Evacuation Post of the Cipanas District Office; Evacuation Post of Curugbitung Sub-district; and Disposal Post of the Multipurpose Building of Lebak Gedong Sub-district.

Monardo has applauded the authority’s swift response to evacuate residents affected by the floods.

The BNPB and local government will collect data of houses damaged by the flash flood.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has also pledged to provide assistance to rehabilitate the damaged houses, with some Rp50 million to be disbursed for severely damaged houses, Rp25 million for houses that suffered moderate damage, and Rp10 million for slightly damaged houses.

Monardo noted that the BNPB will not build a temporary shelter but will disburse Rp500 thousand of aid per month for each family to rent a house, while their houses are still under renovation.

“Residents affected by the flood can rent a house for six months until their houses are ready,” he remarked.

During the visit, BNPB head was accompanied by Minister of Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy and Lebak District Head Iti Octavia Jayabaya.

Source: Antara News